Sustainable Site Planning

Starting a green building project? Here in WNC, we have an abundance of natural and native building materials that when used will not only improve your site but also benefit your community!  Here is some useful information that will help you create a greener and more sustainable site.

Conservation Economy – Providing a framework for an ecologically restorative, socially just, and reliably prosperous society, these 57 partners are adaptable to local ecosystems and cultures, yet universal in their applicability.

Drought-Tolerant Plants for North Carolina – Choosing plants is one of the most important parts of a landscape project. The plants should be compatible with the landscape design and well-suited to the environment, which includes the soils and light exposure. For a wise-water-use landscape, also known as a xeriscape, the water needs of plants are also important.

Trees are Good – This organization is a resource for protecting trees during construction and finding arborists to help you do so.

U.S. Forest Service Urban & Community Forestry – A great resource for information on urban forestry and smart growth.

Invasive Plant Species to Avoid – North Carolina Native Plant Society’s species list for exotic invasive plants to avoid in landscaping.

Jetson Green Landscaping – Interesting ‘green blog’ with eleven suggestions for green landscaping.

National Wildlife Foundation’s Garden for Wildlife Habitat Program – Create a beautiful NWF-certified Wildlife Habitat backyard or garden that attracts wildlife while replacing grass and reducing chemicals.

Native Drought Resistant Plant Species – North Carolina Native Plant Society’s species list for native drought-resistant landscaping.

Permeable Pavements – Research links for permeable paving.

Permeable Pavement Options – This overview article from Mother Earth News includes approximate costs.

The Smart Communities Network – Offers great resources, tools, links to articles, publications, and community success stories on a variety of topics such as Community Energy, Green Development, and Sustainable Business.

Organic Growers School – Inspiring, educating, and supporting people to farm, garden, and live organically.